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A Firing Range on the Israeli Beach

by Jeremy Elster

February 6, 2014 | 7:00 am

Six kilometers of beach in Rishon LeZion belong to the Defense Ministry, and are being used as a firing range for heavy artillery and explosive material. Soon, a tiny piece of the beach site will be transferred to the public. There is something incredibly Israeli about enjoying a sunny day on the beach while bombs explode in the water next to you. Could you imagine explosions accompanying you on your family vacation to Santa Monica?

But there are three main issues with the transfer of the beach to the Rishon LeZion municipality:

1. The battle between the IDF and the Rishon LeZion Municipality for the amount of public beach space and who pays for the clean up of explosive materials.

2. The ecological impact of detonating bombs in an open water space to the nearby flaura and fauna, including human beings.

3. The fear that real estate developers will transform the nature reserve into a concrete jungle.

Learn how each of these issues are being addressed in Israel Social TV's report, "Firing Range 24".


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Jeremy Elster is a Southern Californian native and New Israel Fund/SHATIL Social Justice Fellow working as the International Communications Coordinator for Israel Social TV...

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